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22 Stevan Ridley RB

New England Patriots

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Stevan Ridley can't deliver on chances
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Coming off a 100-yard, touchdown-scoring performance at Minnesota last time out, running back Stevan Ridley was clearly the Patriots' preferred rusher Week 3 against Oakland, getting more than twice as many carries as the second-leading rusher, Shane Vereen. But with those 19 carries, he could muster only 54 yards against a Raiders defense that allowed 138 to the Texans' Arian Foster in Week 2 and 102 to the Jets' Chris Ivory in Week 1.

Ridley's best chance to score came late in the second quarter, when he was stopped for just a 1-yard gain at the 2-yard line. It was his only carry from inside the 5. With the Patriots compelled to throw the ball in an unexpectedly tight game, Ridley got only seven of his 19 carries in the second half.

Ridley did catch a 7-yard pass, but Vereen was, as usual, the bigger pass-catcher out of the backfield, hauling in four for 17. Ridley will look to get back in the end zone Week 4 at Kansas City.

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Stevan Ridley in line for big game
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has the chance for a big game in Week 3 against the Raiders, and he's the Start of the Week.

We know the risks with Ridley. Patriots coach Bill Belichick could decide this is the week to feature Brandon Bolden or rookie James White. He could make this a Tom Brady showcase game and throw at will, with Shane Vereen dominating playing time. Or Ridley could fumble in the first quarter, which has happened before, and all those potential Fantasy points will be sitting on the bench.

But we have confidence in Ridley this week. He's coming off his best game since Week 9 of last year when he had 25 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown at Minnesota. The Patriots were sitting on a lead, and Ridley was the hammer killing the clock.

The Raiders are making the dreaded cross-country trip for a 1 p.m. ET start, and their run defense has already been shredded in two games by Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory and Arian Foster. All three running backs scored at least 14 Fantasy points in a standard league, with Ivory and Foster gaining over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown.

We hope Ridley – and more importantly Belichick – doesn't let us down. But based on the matchup and how he performed last week, we're willing to take a chance.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.

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Flow of game leads to monster numbers for Stevan Ridley
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer

The Patriots found themselves with a big lead against the Vikings early and leaned on Stevan Ridley to grind down the clock in a 30-7 blowout win. Ridley helped build the big lead with a 1-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter following an interception-return by the defense. Ridley had just 29 yards on 11 first-half carries but turned it into 101 yards on 25 carries by the end of the game. 

Ridley should be in line for another big effort in Week 3 vs. the Raiders. 

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Shane Vereen plays 61 snaps, Stevan Ridley 21
by Larry Hartstein |

Patriots running back Shane Vereen dominated the backfield timeshare Week 1, playing 61 snaps to Stevan Ridley's 21 in the loss at Miami. Brandon Bolden played nine snaps, while rookie James White was a healthy scratch.

Vereen led the team with 36 yards on seven carries, cashing in a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He caught five passes for 35 yards. Ridley ran eight times for 21 yards and had two receptions for 7 yards.

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Stevan Ridley a non-factor in opener
by Chris Towers |

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley struggled to make any kind of impact in a 33-20 loss to the Dolphins in Week 1.

Ridley led the team with eight carries, but couldn't do much with it. He rushed for 21 yards and added just two receptions for 7 yards in the loss, and ceded goal-line work to Shane Vereen -- who also finished with two more touches than Ridley.

Ridley's workload tends to fluctuate, so he will be looking for more success when the Patriots take on the Vikings in Week 2.  

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49/29/14@ KC8:30 pm
510/5/14CIN8:30 pm
610/12/14@ BUF1:00 pm
710/16/14NYJ8:25 pm
810/26/14CHI1:00 pm
911/2/14DEN4:25 pm
Bye: Week 10
1111/16/14@ IND8:30 pm
1211/23/14DET1:00 pm
1311/30/14@ GB4:25 pm
1412/7/14@ SD8:30 pm
1512/14/14MIA1:00 pm
1612/21/14@ NYJ1:00 pm
1712/28/14BUF1:00 pm
2011New England Patriots162874415.1331518
2012New England Patriots161229012634.44112682
2013New England Patriots1461787734.3297339
2014New England Patriots33521763.416109
2011New England Patriots1623134.380000
2012New England Patriots16126518.5200102
2013New England Patriots14610626.2240102
2014New England Patriots333144.770000
Kick Returns
2011New England Patriots16715221.73200
2012New England Patriots1600---000
2013New England Patriots1400---000
2014New England Patriots300---000
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2011New England Patriots1600.000000.0000
2012New England Patriots1611.000000.0000
2013New England Patriots1400.000000.0000
2014New England Patriots300.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2011New England Patriots1610000000
2012New England Patriots1642000000
2013New England Patriots1444000000
2014New England Patriots300000000
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